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Supporters of a bill that reform payday lending gather at the Ohio Statehouse.
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Controversial bills involving abortion, gun rights and pay raises for elected officials passed by lawmakers during the lame duck session. Some might be vetoed by Gov. John Kasich, and the legislature might come back after Christmas to override them.

Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) speaks on the floor of the Ohio House
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Another state representative has confirmed he’s interested in the job of speaker of the Ohio House, now that Cliff Rosenberger has resigned following reports that the FBI is questioning his travel with lobbyists connected to payday lending.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford)

The sudden resignation of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – after reports the FBI is looking into his travel records – has left the top leadership role in the Ohio House up for grabs. Already, lawmakers who want the job are lining up.